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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 29, 2011 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat. And Clarence? Please, don't get up.

Another TDIH, the fantastic Nassau 90 show:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-03-29.sbd.nawrocki.3389.sbeok.shnf

The interplay between Jerry and Branford on the Birdsong and Eyes is stunning. I always found the stuff with Martin distracting and forced, but Branford melds right in with the band and sounds like he has been there for a long time (kind of like what Bruce Hornsby was able to do).

If you haven't heard this stuff, do yourself a big favor and crank it.

This made my drive to work this AM a real pleasure and the Carousel 68 will do the same on my way home. Talk about being spoiled.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2011-03-29 15:39:29

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Mar 29, 2011 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat. And Clarence? Please, don't get up.

LOL

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Poster: zeroenvy Date: Mar 30, 2011 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat. And Clarence? Please, don't get up.

One the best versions of eyes for sure. Especially because it ocurred in 1990.

I love the flute/synth sound that brent comes in with at one point.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 29, 2011 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

I've also found Martin forced. What I've heard of Branford, though, is wonderful. With Martin, it's more like, "Where'd that come from?" Branford blends right in and seems to bring out the best in the band -- offering a challenge, probably.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 29, 2011 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

When I saw JGB and out comes Clarence Clemons, I asked myself a similar question: "Why?"

Would have loved to see Branford sit in with JGB.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Mar 29, 2011 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

Branford was 13 years old when Jerry and Phil invited Martin Fierro to jam with the Dead in September 1973 which is consistent with all the experimentation that true artists explore within their careers and lifetime.

Branfords hero and influence was John Coltrane who is the indisputable Jazz Master on Tenor, Soprano and Alto Sax.

You'd pretty much have to be deaf, dumb and blind to have grown up in the Marsalis Family and not possess a musical gift.



This post was modified by dark.starz on 2011-03-29 19:47:34

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 29, 2011 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

Its silly to compare the two. I don't think Fierro was capable of carrying Marsalis bags.

3/29/90 was the very last show that I attended, though I did have tickets to the Zenith shows later in that year. I have no regrets leaving Paris the morning of the first show.

I still consider 3/29/90 one of the all time greats. Its the only performance from 1990 that I think is worth listening to...

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Mar 29, 2011 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

Acknowledgement for a Grateful Dead performance post May 25th, 1977 .... what is this world coming to?





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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Mar 29, 2011 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

a huge water wave just poured out of my screen...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Mar 29, 2011 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

I got to Uniondale a bit late. I had two tickets and wanted to treat one of my employees to the show. I waited for him as long as I could, but he was unable to get off work early, so I had to leave without him.

I briefly tried to sell the extra ticket outside the Coliseum, but there where only scavangers hanging around looking for miracles. After hearing the opening notes to Jack Straw, I just gave the ticket to a spinner chick with armpit hair and filthy dreadlocks who smelled from body odor and patchouli. If I had known that the Grateful Dead would play Dark Star, I would have insisted on a blow job.

Bird Song was just stunning, seeing it live was simply mind blowing. I knew immediately after the first set concluded, that something very special was going to happen during the second set, although I was still surprised when I heard the openning notes of Dark Star...

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 30, 2011 3:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

I missed this show and kicked myself in the ass for it. But I got the cassette early that summer from a friend in Boston and it became my favorite tape for a while. Listened to it when I heard Brent had passed.

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Poster: ducats Date: Mar 29, 2011 3:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

hearing you say that i feel honored that i was there

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 29, 2011 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

I'll put my money on that B/S. The Eyes maybe/is one of the quintessential versions, due to the height of mass popularity at the time and so many non-GD folks loving that rendition. I've seen folks who complain that the music is to long/sounds the same, who can at least make it to 12'. Maybe a conversion song? I think BM has a lot to do with it. Don't get me wrong I really like it, but it's not a 1%er. 3-24-90 still the tops for the spring of '90, but this isn't no slouch either.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Mar 29, 2011 7:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

I like the "conversion" potential remark here. 3/29/90 is, unless you hate saxophones, a great, great show with some really inspired playing. I also think 3/24 is better in a lot of ways, but none of them come at the expense of 3/29. A remarkable week.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 29, 2011 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

"remarkable week"

That about sums it up. Many will argue which show was better, but one thing most can agree on is that this was one hell of a run.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 31, 2011 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sorry Martin, Branford's got you beat

The last one?